KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (AP) – A car bomb went off on Friday as worshippers were leaving a Kabul mosque, killing at least seven people and wounding 41, including several children, a Taleban official said.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing, the latest in a steady stream of attacks since the Taleban seized power in Afghanistan just over a year ago.
A column of black smoke rose into the sky and shots rang out several minutes after the explosion near the mosque, located in a high-profile diplomatic neighbourhood of the Afghan capital.
Taleban-appointed Interior Ministry spokesman Abdul Nafi Takor, said the vehicle with explosives was parked by the roadside near the mosque and detonated as worshippers were coming out after Friday prayers.
He added that an investigation was underway, with police at the site. “Many people were martyred or wounded,” said eyewitness Mohammad Basir.
“I don’t know if there were explosives placed on the roadside or if it was a car bomb, but there was an explosion, and all the people were in a bad situation.”